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Jones Day Adds Nine U.S. Supreme Court Clerks from 2019-20 Term

April 8, 2021, 3:01 PM

Jones Day hired nine U.S. Supreme Court clerks from the 2019-20 term, the Cleveland-based global law firm announced on Thursday, marking what the firm’s Issues & Appeals Practice head called a “bumper crop” year.

The new hires give the firm recent insight from a majority of the court, mostly from its increasingly powerful Republican-appointed majority: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh, as well as the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September, and retired Justice David Souter.

That hiring across several chambers “is very much on purpose,” said Traci L. Lovitt, the firm’s Issues & Appeals Practice leader.

“We actively recruit across the court,” said Lovitt, who clerked for now-retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. “The more viewpoints you have, the better your arguments are going to be, the better your briefing is going to be.” The nine ex-clerks will be spread out in five different Jones Day offices across the country.

“If you have a late-Justice Ginsburg clerk and a Justice Thomas clerk, and they’re writing a brief together, and they’re coming at it with these very different clerking perspectives, it’s just such a stronger piece of work,” Lovitt said.

It’s the firm’s third-largest Supreme Court clerk recruiting class, she said. The firm has recruited 64 high court clerks since the 2011-12 term.

Jones Day clerks hired from Supreme Court’s 2019-20 term
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The former clerks are:

  • Zaki Anwar (Columbus Office)—Clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.; graduated from Harvard Law School. Prior to his Supreme Court clerkship, Mr. Anwar was a Judicial Clerk for Hon. Sri Srinivasan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2018-2019); and Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2017-2018).
  • Marco Basile (Boston Office)—Clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; graduated from Harvard Law School. Prior to his Supreme Court clerkship, Mr. Basile was a Judicial Clerk for Hon. David J. Barron, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (2017-2018); and Hon. Paul J. Watford, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2016-2017).
  • Audrey Beck (Washington Office)—Clerked for Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh; graduated from University of Notre Dame Law School. Prior to her Supreme Court clerkship, Ms. Beck was a Judicial Clerk for Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2018-2019); and Hon. Joan L. Larsen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2017-2018).
  • H. Hunter Bruton (Hunter) (Washington Office)—Clerked for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.; graduated from Duke University School of Law. Prior to his Supreme Court clerkship, Mr. Bruton was a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice (2018-2019); Judicial Clerk for Hon. Ellen S. Huvelle, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2017-2018); Hon. Thomas F. Hogan, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2017-2018); and Hon. Allyson K. Duncan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2016-2017).
  • Joseph Falvey (Joe) (Washington Office)—Clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.; graduated from Yale Law School. Prior to his Supreme Court clerkship, Mr. Falvey was a Judicial Clerk for Hon. Thomas B. Griffith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2018-2019); and Hon. Dabney L. Friedrich, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2017-2018).
  • Kelly Holt (New York Office)—Clerked for Justice Neil M. Gorsuch; graduated from The University of Chicago Law School. Prior to her Supreme Court clerkship, Ms. Holt was a Judicial Clerk for Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2017-2018).
  • Mark Jia (Washington Office)—Clerked for Justice David Souter (ret.) and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2019-2020); graduated from Harvard Law School. Prior to his Supreme Court clerkship, Mr. Jia was a Judicial Clerk for Hon. William Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2016-2017).
  • Kurt Johnson (Detroit Office)—Clerked for Justice Neil M. Gorsuch; graduated from University of Michigan Law School. Prior to his Supreme Court clerkship, Mr. Johnson was a Judicial Clerk for Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2015-2016).
  • Caroline Lindsay (Washington Office)—Clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas; graduated from The University of Chicago Law School. Prior to her Supreme Court clerkship, Mrs. Lindsay was a Judicial Clerk for Hon. Gregory G. Katsas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2018-2019); and Hon. Diane S. Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2016-2017).

To contact the reporter on this story: Jordan S. Rubin in Washington at jrubin@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Tom P. Taylor at jcrawley@bloomberglaw.com; Seth Stern at sstern@bloomberglaw.com; John Crawley at sstern@bloomberglaw.com

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